Who Is the Greatest? (Hint it isn’t the adults)

18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of themand said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Matthew 18:1-6


My life has been about a lot of children lately. No I’m not a mother…BUT I teach in an elementary school as a computer teacher for Kindergarten through fifth grade. I think I’ve learned more in the past year than all my other jobs combined. Children are confusing, but cute and usuallllly great. (I will say I’m caught off guard on a daily basis by some of the funny things that come out of their mouths!) I’ll be sure to try and capture some of them because they’re worth sharing.

This morning I read about being a child of God. In order to get into heaven we must humble ourselves as if we were a child. She Reads Truth had some great commentary on what this means as I read my devotional this morning. Interesting food for though, I mean we don’t want to go back to being children…do we? We worked so hard to get to where we are now.
It’s harder as adults. It’s harder to let go and become co dependent again. So many of us fight to be in charge of our lives, to earn a stable life and a happy life. I’m a control freak. I like to know exactly what’s going on, when and why. I want to be prepared for all circumstances. I don’t want to say something dumb and look inadequate…hence why many of us end up silencing our voices and saying nothing at all.
When you’re the teacher at school (or in a bible study or committee or wherever you’re involved) your voice is leading the charge. When I’m teaching I find it frustrating to deal with children that think the rules don’t apply to them (uh hello that applies to 95% of the monsters). When I really should see this as my opportunity to love and to guide them.
Now read that last paragraph again. I think this was a wake up call for me when I read it in the context of being a ‘child’ of God. This same thing happens to us adults- we want to think the rules don’t apply to us or that we know better and need to speak out to make it heard. We don’t like to be disciplined or to sit quietly humbling ourselves and quieting our mouths. We are all children of God and he is asking us to listen because ultimately he knows what is best for us.
Those little boogers at work teach me a lot. And even though they make we crazy on chatty days, I’ve never felt more loved. Take time with a child in your life, a niece, a cousin, a neighbor and show love to them. You may find, through the sass, they teach you more than we teach them.